- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2008

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A Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputy was shot and seriously wounded early yesterday while serving a warrant on a man who had shot a D.C. police officer during a similar operation Friday afternoon, police said.

The deputy was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was in critical condition when he was transported but has since been upgraded to serious but stable condition, Howard County police said.

The man who shot the deputy, whose name was not released, was shot and killed, police said.

The gunfight took place inside a room at the Econo Lodge on Washington Boulevard in Laurel. According to police, members of the U.S. Marshal Capital Area Regional Task Force went there around 3:30 a.m. to search for the suspect, who was wanted on several warrants including attempted murder and robbery.

As task force members burst into the room, the man opened fire, wounding the deputy. The officers returned fire and killed the suspect.

Three other persons, two men and a woman, were inside the room at the time but were uninjured.

Cpl. Jennifer Reidy-Hall, a Howard County police spokeswoman, said there were several guns in the room, and the men and woman face possible weapons charges. However, only the suspect who was killed opened fire on the officers, she said.

It was the second time in less than 24 hours that the same man had shot at police trying to serve a warrant. Detective Antonio Duncan of the Metropolitan Police Department was shot by the man Friday afternoon and suffered a graze wound to the face, police said.

Detective Duncan had been serving a paternity warrant on Dorian M. Ray, 36, who was taken into custody shortly afterward but wasn’t charged with shooting Detective Duncan.

The regional task force consists of several law-enforcement agencies, including D.C. police and U.S. marshals.

Sam Kukkala, a front desk clerk at the motel, said marshals told employees to stay inside after they arrived.

“It was not safe for us to go out, they said,” Mr. Kukkala said in a telephone interview.

No motel staffers or guests were injured, but the commotion brought some startled guests into the lobby, he said.


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